level of activity in several international programs, the specific accomplishments, benefits to the Program, and the basis for participation are not always clear.

  • A strategic plan for international research partnerships, including estimates of the necessary levels of scientific and financial engagement, should be developed in close collaboration with other U.S. agencies.

  • To the degree required to establish international agreements, the Department of Energy should provide high-level administrative support to the Program.

Scientific and Expert Review Process of Major Field-Research Activities

The newly introduced peer review process is seen as a positive development of the Program. However, the procedures are not uniformly applied, especially to the major field activities where expert knowledge and close attention to the scientific goals will be required as the projects proceed and evolve. A more comprehensive and frequent peer and expert review process of major field programs is recommended.

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